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Attack the cross

This session is designed to improve your team’s ability to score from crosses. Finishing and crossing techniques will be worked on in match-related practices.

What this session is about

  1. Scoring from crosses
  2. Improving attacking heading and volleying techniques
  3. Improving crossing techniques

What to think about

To score from crosses, teams must perfectly combine passing, crossing, movement and finishing techniques. In this session, we break these techniques down in each practice and then put them together in the final game. Practice 1 focuses on finishing, practice 2 focuses on passing wide, movement into the box and crossing. Practice 3 brings this altogether in a realistic opposed match situation.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Play on a 20-yard square with a goal at each end. Five players start on one side, five on the other (red and blue). To start with, a red player throws a ball towards a running blue player who scores with a header or volley. Then the blues throw to the reds. The first team to 10 goals is the winner.

After each game, switch ends and repeat. Ensure headers/volleys are first time and that throws allow this.

Red players throw the ball for blue players to head/volley at goal. Swap when everyone has thrown.

Red players throw the ball for blue players to head/volley at goal. Swap when everyone has thrown.


Development

Play on a 35 x 30 yard pitch with a goal at each end. Mark a 10-yard channel down one side.

The main group starts off the pitch, opposite the 10-yard channel. There is a winger at each end of the 10-yard channel. Place two mannequins six yards from both goals.

The first player from the main group goes to the centre spot and takes a pass from the line. He passes wide to a winger who dribbles down the line and crosses over the mannequins. The attacker attacks the cross to score.

The next attack goes in the opposite direction.

The first attacker to score three goals is the winner and he can now nominate two new wingers.

A1 takes a pass from A2 and passes to a winger (W1 or W2). The winger crosses over the mannequins for A1 to score.

A1 takes a pass from A2 and passes to a winger (W1 or W2). The winger crosses over the mannequins for A1 to score.


Game situation

Play 4v4 plus keepers on a 35 x 30 yard pitch with a 10-yard channel down one side. Both teams have a winger in the channel.

To score a goal, teams must get the ball wide and score from the resulting cross. After a goal, scorer and winger switch positions. Wingers are not allowed to challenge each other.

Play 4v4 plus keepers with a wide man in the channel. A goal can only be scored from a cross provided by a winger (BW or RW).

Play 4v4 plus keepers with a wide man in the channel. A goal can only be scored from a cross provided by a winger (BW or RW).


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